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DISCERNING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discerning mean? 

DISCERNING (adjective)
  The adjective DISCERNING has 4 senses:

1. having or revealing keen insight and good judgment
2. unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic
3. quick to understand
4. able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

  Familiarity information: DISCERNING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCERNING (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

Context examples:

a discerning critic / a discerning reader

Similar:

clear; percipient (characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving)

clear-eyed; clear-sighted; perspicacious (mentally acute or penetratingly discerning)

prescient (perceiving the significance of events before they occur)

Also:

critical (characterized by careful evaluation and judgment)

discriminating (showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste)

Antonym:

undiscerning (lacking discernment)


Sense 2discerning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

Synonyms:

discerning; discreet

Context examples:

a discerning editor / a discreet silence

Similar:

tactful (having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others)


Sense 3discerning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Quick to understand

Synonyms:

apprehensive; discerning

Context example:

a kind and apprehensive friend

Similar:

perceptive (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment)


Sense 4discerning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

Context examples:

discerning taste / a discerning eye for color

Similar:

discriminating (showing or indicating careful judgment and discernment especially in matters of taste)


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